Queen's coffin to travel to Edinburgh on route through the countryside
Her Majesty’s last journey through Scotland: Balmoral staff pay their final respects before the Queen’s coffin is taken to Edinburgh on route through the countryside she loved
- Queen to leave Balmoral at around 10am tomorrow and travel to Scottish capital
- Coffin may stop briefly in village of Ballater, which had close royal connections
- The route is expected to pass through the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth
- Will arrive at Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh before a service on Monday
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Balmoral staff are paying their final respects to the Queen before she is transported to Edinburgh tomorrow, travelling through the countryside she spent time enjoying with her family.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in her Aberdeenshire residence on Thursday, is due to arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse tomorrow before a service at St Giles Cathedral on Monday.
She will then lie in state for 24 hours before being transported, likely by plane, to London on Tuesday.
It is thought that the late monarch will leave Balmoral at 10am tomorrow in a car that will take her through Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, with thousands of people expected to try and catch a glimpse of the cortege.
After leaving Balmoral at around 10am tomorrow, the Queen’s coffin will travel to Aberdeen before being taken to the Scottish capital
Staff at Balmoral (pictured) are paying their final respects to the Queen, who died at her beloved Scottish residence on Thursday
Travelling through her beloved Aberdeenshire countryside, the car will pass along the banks of the River Dee and Crathie Kirk, where the Queen worshipped while staying in Scotland, before reaching Ballater where it might stop for a short ceremony, according to the Press and Journal.
The village has strong connections to the Royals, with the family visiting frequently since the time of Queen Victoria.
From there she will be driven through Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory, Crathes and Peterculter before heading on into Aberdeen, where yellow ‘no waiting’ cones are already being lined up along the streets.
As the cortege travels south out of the city on the Great Southern Road she will make one final trip over the King VI bridge, named after her beloved father.
The bridge, which crosses the River Dee, was opened by the Queen Mother in the presence of her husband King George VI on December 10 1941.
En route to the capital the car will also pass through the cities of Dundee and Perth before travelling through Fife and across the Firth of Forth.
The Queen spent her final months at her Scottish residence Balmoral. Her coffin will travel through her beloved Aberdeenshire countryside as it is taken to Edinburgh
When her coffin arrives in Edinburgh it will be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse before a service is held at St Giles’ Cathedral on Tuesday
The car will cross the water on either the Queensferry Crossing, which Queen Elizabeth opened on September 4 2017, or the adjacent Forth Road Bridge, which she opened fifty-three years before to the day.
As she arrives in Edinburgh, her coffin will be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland.
On Monday a procession will march up the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral, where a Vigil of the Princes is expected to take place with members of the Royal family.
The public may get the opportunity to file past her coffin and pay their respects while she lies in state and on Tuesday she will travel to Buckingham Palace for her state funeral.
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